This guide explains what happens at a Buddhist funeral:
Buddhists believe death is part of the cycle known as saṃsāra, in which a Buddhist’s actions in life and all previous incarnations of life will affect future incarnations.
By freeing themselves from all desires and notions, Buddhists believe they will leave the cycle and reach the state of nirvana (Heaven).
After a death, the body of the deceased should not be touched or moved in any way because Buddhists believe the soul does not leave the body immediately after you've stopped breathing.
The body must be completely cold until it can be prepared for cremation - before it can be prepared, the deceased should be dressed in normal everyday clothes.
A Buddhist funeral service can be quite diverse. It is typically held at a Buddhist monastery, though some families prefer to do it at their own home.
A Buddhist may be buried or cremated, though is traditionally the preferred option. The cremation service usually takes place at a local crematorium, with the ashes scattered, buried or kept in an urn at home.
A reception may be held after a Buddhist funeral, where mourners are invited to pay their respects. This usually depends on family traditions.
Source: Buddhist Society
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